HOUSTON (April 10, 2018) – Bayou City Art Festival, produced by the Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA) and benefiting Houston non-profits, is inviting artists from around the world to submit applications and have the opportunity to showcase their art at one of the nation’s premier outdoor fine art events on Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14, 2018. The artist application deadline for Bayou City Art Festival Downtown is Sunday, June 3, 2018 at midnight CST.
“We are always excited to see what artists have to offer and are always in awe with the work that they present,” said Joe Pogge, ACA board president. “Bringing in new and returning artists from across the country and beyond not only ensures a fruitful festival for everyone but most importantly, it helps us continue to give back and support local charities.”
ACA produces Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park in the spring and Bayou City Art Festival Downtown in the fall. For 47 years, ACA has provided a venue for more than 20,000 artists to showcase their work to thousands of art lovers from all over the world. Patrons have the opportunity to personally meet the artists, view original works and purchase world class art. The festival benefits local non-profits and features live music, food, beverages, entertainment, a Children’s Creative Zone and much more.
Twice a year, more than 1,000 qualified applicants from 19 different disciplines and from submit their applications to be reviewed by ACA jurors. The festival receives applicants from around the world including Canada, Mexico, South America and Israel. For each festival, a new juror panel is invited and consists of artists, collectors, educators, curators and industry professionals. To build a jury that is experienced in all forms of art, professionals from the performing and literary arts industry are also invited to participate. The panel of five to seven jurors are selected based on their specific interests, professional knowledge and background with the festival. Only 300 artists will be selected to exhibit at the 2018 Bayou City Art Festival Downtown. Cash Prizes are awarded for “Best in Show”, second and third place, as selected by on-site judges. Ribbons are awarded for “Best Booth” and all winners receive jury exempt status for two years as well as priority booth placement.
Artists are required to submit five images and an application fee of $45 before the deadline. All artists selected to participate in the 2018 Bayou City Art Festival Downtown will be notified by Friday, June 15, 2018. For more information or to submit an artist application for Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, please click here.
About Bayou City Art Festival:
Entering its 47th year in 2018, the Art Colony Association has raised $3.6 million for local non-profit programs through the festivals. A percentage of the proceeds support local art organizations and nonprofits. The Festivals are funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, corporate sponsorships, private contributions, in-kind support and volunteer assistance. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please visit www.artcolonyassociation.org.